Sights

This area is highly explorable on foot, so poke along the waterfront boardwalk from the ferry; head right for the breathtaking Original Namgis Burial Grounds, with its incredible totem poles, or left for the Culture Shock Interactive Gallery, a store crammed with contemporary First Nations crafts, T-shirts and jewelry. There's a coffee shack alongside the gallery plus a summer program of cultural experiences for visitors ranging from storytelling to salmon barbecues; check the website to see what's coming up.

Also, don't miss the U'mista Cultural Centre, a longhouse-like facility proudly displaying dozens of culturally priceless indigenous artifacts confiscated when potlatch ceremonies were outlawed in Canada. These were distributed to museums and collections around the world, but the Centre has been slowly negotiating their return and the main gallery here is a spine-tingling celebration of these efforts. Summer programs include book readings and cedar-bark weaving demonstrations (check the Facebook page for events) while the gift shop is a treasure trove of ethically sourced First Nations art.

And if the ocean is calling, Seasmoke Whale Watching offers five-hour marine wildlife-spotting voyages on its yacht, including afternoon tea.